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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:53 am 
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
When the wind, rain and clouds go away it is nice. Though those other 350 days of the year are a right pain ;)
Only kidding, it can be a bit bleak a lot of the time but that's part of it's beauty I suppose. Certainly nice today :)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:08 pm 
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
Back out today at lunch for a few hours.
It had rained overnight but was sunny and not too much in the way of clouds about and just a light breeze adding to the very cold air. Though for up here it pretty much counts as lovely.
The plan was reasonably simple, finish the jobs I needed to get done around the house and then about midday Heather was taking Caleb for his horse ride so after taking Spot the dog out I would go for a ride and maybe we would meet up at our friends later on.
I decided to take the Jack Taylor out and head the opposite direction to yesterday and head out Canisbay war memorial and pay my respects before going on past John O'Groats to Duncansby Head. Stop for a coffee and cake at Groats on the way back past, get home and then if enough light and the timing was right I would take the Big Dummy and head back out.
Started out well if cold, really nice, clear, crisp day with the roads still wet, though with the temp so low and no winds they weren't going to dry today at any rate. It was a really nice relaxed ride to the memorial situated on the quiet singletrack road above Canisbay. I stopped, payed my respects for a couple of minutes, sat for a while on the grass taking in the silence in contemplation, then headed off towards JoG's.
At this stage it was cold but clear and sunny and I got to the junction where I could turn down into Groats or head up the road to Duncansby and asked myself do I want coffee and cake before or after? I wanted it before but knew I might not make it to the climb if I stopped now. It was a really nice ride up and even though I am out here regularly for pleasure and work it always looks lovely. It's a steady grind up but the views are worth it. I was convinced that I am too old to be running Dura Ace 7400 race gearing and vowed it will return with a triple front and wide range rear :)

On the way back I pulled into one of the little cafe's only to find it closed and not wanting to head down to the JoG's waterfront area I just turned home. The clouds had started rolling in and it had dropped a few degrees so thought I would head back along the coast this time and turn back onto the inland road at Mey. Another long but steady climb up from Gills bay revealed to clouds closing from the south at a fair pace and so pushed on taking a couple of dirt short cuts onto the back road. By this stage the temp had dropped quite considerably and was sure it was only about 5 degree or so.
Got home and warmed up and decided against getting back out on the Dummy as Heather was on her way home and I wanted to get the dog out before it got dark. Lucky I did as it rained not long after.
So another good weathered ride out on the Jack Taylor. Really liking this machine and it's great handling, very surefooted but very relaxed to ride.
Hope the rest of the macretro clan managed to either get a ride in or at least had a good weekend.

Jamie

View from home over to Hoy with Dunnett Head on the left
ImageDSCN5493 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

ImageDSCN5500 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

Looking across to the island of Stroma in the foreground and Orkney across the water in the background
ImageDSCN5510 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

Nice place to sit and be thankful. Lest We Forget
ImageDSCN5515 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

ImageDSCN5518 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

Across to Orkney
ImageDSCN5519 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

ImageDSCN5523 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

Out of Gills Bay looking back along the coast towards John O'Groats, clouds closing in
ImageDSCN5527 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

Top of the rise and looking south
ImageDSCN5529 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

Same road and same view as the second photo above.
ImageDSCN5534 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr


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